Craig Murray is another endangered species , an honest polition/public servant.That’s why he got fired and is not a polition/public servant any more ,but he is still honest and serving the public. Here Craig Murray ex-UK Ambassador explains how the EU deals with dictators that burn thier citizens alive…they make them feel right at home and keep the nasty but obedient press away…..so long as he supports TWAT (The War Against Terror) he’s our man on the side of freedom and free speach?!?!! ….in this case its not so much a tangled web we have woven ,as a couple of cable ties around the wrists and ankles and a bit a gaffa tape across the mouth!….but we still have the right to writhe on the ground making muffled protests ,that will be ignored by our government representatives!
Representative democracy inaction.
Today the European Union hosts Karimov in Brussels, which will be used to promote Karimov in his dictatorship, while western journalists will be given no access to the visit in Brussels.
Here is a short piece I have written for the Independent. I was allowed only 400 words, so kept it simple on Afghanistan rather than also tried to explain regional hydrocarbon politics:
Today the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, will host an official visit by the Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov.
This may seem a peculiar thing for the European Union to do. Karimov is infamous for the massacre of over 700 demonstrators at Andijan in 2005, for the boiling alive of dissident Muzaffar Avazov in 2002, for some 10,000 political prisoners held in ex-Soviet gulags, for banning all Western media organisations and reporters, for the imprisonment in lunatic asylums of dissident journalists including his own nephew, for the jailing of HIV campaigners for corrupting public morals…
But I do have to add the vast wealth of the Karimov family compared to a deeply impoverished population, most of whom are forced into labour on state cotton plantations. More than a million children are removed from education every year, for periods varying from one week to three months, and forced to pick cotton by hand in dreadful and sometimes fatal conditions. This scandal of the cotton fields is so bad that retailers, including Tesco, Walmart and Marks & Spencer, have entirely voluntarily removed all Uzbek cotton content from their products sold, and put resources into audit provisions to make sure this sticks.
Yet the European Commission maintains there is insufficient evidence of forced child labour in Uzbekistan for EU trade sanctions – a straightforward lie, as anybody can discover in five minutes on the internet.
So why is the EU less moral than Tesco or Walmart? The answer is a single word – Afghanistan. Twenty per cent of supplies to Nato forces in Afghanistan now transit Uzbekistan, and the figure has steadily been increasing as supplies through Pakistan are increasingly tenuous. Germany also has an airbase in Uzbekistan. What is in it for Karimov? Political backing for his dictatorship, and juicy Pentagon supply contracts routed through his daughter.
It is a prime example of the way our disastrous Afghan policy is not just failing in Afghanistan, but poisoning an entire nexus of foreign policy issues. The effect of that corrosion will be seen vividly in Brussels today. Uniquely, no journalists are allowed to accredit for today’s official visit. Only the official Commission and Uzbek government media will be allowed to take pictures, to be relayed to Uzbekistan’s endarkened population as more evidence that their infallible President bestrides the world stage.
The EU are making sure that it feels just like home for Karimov.
My position as British ambassador in Tashkent was highly uncomfortable. I cared about the human rights of ordinary Uzbeks, and I assure you that the British government didn’t.
Craig , I am sure the British government still doesn’t care about ordinary Uzbeks OR afghanis or Iraqis. It doesn’t care about ordinary Brits , with bailouts for criminal banklers ,with illegal wars still being fought after we ALL KNOW THEY ARE ILLEGAL AND BASED ON LIES , with laws being changed so war criminals can relax in the uk, while whistleblowers are ARRESTED IN THE UK for having consentual hetrosexual sex with an adult female IN SWEDEN!!(Julian Assange has not broken a UK law,but has been arrested!)
We live in Orwells world today, with peace envoys calling for war, WAR IS PEACE , with our public servants stealing our pensions and taxes , SLAVERY IS FREEDOM , and our government representatives telling us we will have to tighten our belts and work a bit harder, WORK WILL MAKE YOU FREE!
I thought Orwells 1984 was a warning ,not a guidebook!
WHEN INJUSTICE IS THE LAW , RESISTANCE IS OUR DUTY
THERE IS NO JUSTICE ,THERE’S JUST US!!
END THE FAKE AND ILLEGAL WARS OF PROFIT AND IDEOLOGY!
THE POLITICAL STATE CAPITALIST GAME PLAN EXPLAINED
MODERN WESTERN DEMOCRACY IS A POLICE STATE!
THE PEOPLE AWAKE
IMHO THIS IS THE SOLUTION, DIRECT DEMOCRACY
TODAYS REAL POLITIK IS LIBERTARIAN VERSUS AUTHORITARIAN, LIBERTARIAN SOCIALISM IS THE POLITICAL SOLUTION